Peteris Vasks

Biography

Born: April 16, 1946; Aizpute  
The music of Latvian composer Peteris Vasks is often associated with his country's struggle for independence. Indeed, one of his best-known works, the symphony Voices composed in 1990-1991, symbolically and historically reflects Latvia's final steps to freedom. Deeply rooted in the rich folk tradition of Latvia, Vasks' haunting composition invites the listener on a cyclical journey from the timeless beauty of nature's voices emerging from silence Read more to the heartrending cacophony of despair and back to the tranquility of silence. Critics who discuss Vasks in the context of his Latvian inspiration and artistic debt to Witold Lutoslawski nevertheless acknowledge his originality, his characteristic soulfulness, and melodic subtlety, as well as a universality of expression that identifies Vasks as a major European composer. Born in 1946, Vasks, who studied the double bass at the Lithuanian State Conservatory from 1964 to 1970, worked as an orchestra musician in the 1960s and 1970s. Vasks studied composition with Valentinus Utkins, at the Latvian State Conservatory in Riga, graduating in 1978. Working as a composer since the late '70s, Vasks has forged an original musical style, which commentators have described as spiritual, powerfully evocative, and richly expressive. Vasks' entire oeuvre is informed by the tragic dichotomy between humanistic ideals, symbolized by the vastness of nature and the historical realities of violence and despair. Vasks teaches composition at the Emil Darzins Music School in Riga. His works include Cantabile (1979), Musica Dolorosa for string orchestra (1983), and Lauda (1986), for orchestra. Read less
Vasks: Matie Saule, Litene, Dona Nobis, Etc / Kalejs, Et Al
Release Date: 01/29/2002   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1145   Number of Discs: 1
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Vasks: Viatore, Violin Concerto, Etc / Andreasson, Et Al
Release Date: 03/01/2005   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1150   Number of Discs: 1
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    Meditation / Elina Garanca
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002132702 Release Date: 09/16/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ugis Praulins,  Pietro Mascagni,  William Gomez  ... 
    Performer:  Elina Garanca,  Gunther Rost
    Conductor:  Karel Mark Chichon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir,  Saarbrücken Radio Philharmonic Orchestra,  Saarbrücken Opera Choir
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    Nordic Atmospheres / Claus Efland, Sinfonietta Riga
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72630 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Peteris Vasks,  Edvard Grieg,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Egils Sefers
    Conductor:  Claus Efland
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
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    Vasks: Flute Concerto, Flute Sonata, Aria E Danza / Faust, Arnold, Gallois
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8572634 Release Date: 10/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Michael Faust,  Sheila Arnold
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
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    Pieces Of The World / Marta Bagratuni
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 295 Release Date: 10/08/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Barrière,  Franz Schubert,  Gioachino Rossini,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Marta Bagratuni,  Suren Bagratuni,  Natalia Khoma,  Haobing Zhu  ... 
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    The Seasons / Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 2072 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Jacques Ibert,  Henri Tomasi,  Darius Milhaud,  Charles Koechlin  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Wittman,  Walter Seyfarth,  Fergus McWilliam,  Henning Trog  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet
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    Shostakovich: Piano Trios; Vasks / Boulanger Trio
    Label: Profil   Catalog: 12045 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks,  Dmitri Shostakovich
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boulanger Trio
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    Schulhoff, Webern, Raats, Vasks: String Quartets
    Label: Estonian Record Productions   Catalog: 5912 Release Date: 07/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  Anton Webern,  Jaan Raats,  Peteris Vasks
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prezioso String Quartet
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    Peteris Vasks: Vox Amoris
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6750 Release Date: 06/12/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Alina Pogostkina
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
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    Peteris Vasks: Te Deum / Tuomas Pyrhonen
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 325 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Tuomas Pyrhonen
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    Vasks: Plainscapes / Sigvards Klava, Latvian Radio Choir
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1194 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Latvian Radio Choir
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    Music Of Our Time - Wergo Collection Ii
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 66002 Release Date: 08/03/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Xiao-Gang Ye,  Conlon Nancarrow,  Bernd Alois Zimmermann,  György Ligeti  ... 
    Performer:  Yukiko-Lachenmann Sugawara,  Karl-Rudolf Menke,  Zsigmond Szathmáry,  Roman Trekel  ... 
    Conductor:  Heinz Rögner,  Hans-Dieter Baum,  John Carewe,  Pauls Megi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Eclipse,  Recherche Ensemble,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 12.
    Dedications - Nordgren, Vasks, Eliasson / Juha Kangas, Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pehr Henrik Nordgren,  Peteris Vasks,  Anders Eliasson
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
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    Sollima: Alone;  Ligeti, Crumn, Hindemith, Etc / Li-wei Qin
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11022 Release Date: 04/01/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ho Chee Kong,  Paul Hindemith,  Giovanni Sollima,  Peteris Vasks  ... 
    Performer:  Li-Wei Qin
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    Dawn Is Breaking - Choral Music From Latvia / Kamer...
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2065 Release Date: 01/13/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Eriks Esenvalds,  Arturs Maskats,  Valts Puce,  Rihards Dubra  ... 
    Performer:  Marta Sudraba,  Gidon Kremer
    Conductor:  Maris Sirmais
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kamer...,  Altera Veritas Ensemble
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    Vasks: Cantus Ad Pacem, Canto Di Forza, Te Deum, Etc / Talivaldis Deksnis
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6712 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Talivaldis Deksnis
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    Vasks: Viatore, Musica Adventus, English Horn Concerto / Sne, Sinfonetta Riga
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 6705 Release Date: 09/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Normund Sne
    Conductor:  Normund Sne
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta
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    Vasks: Gremata Cellam
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93229 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  David Geringas,  Kalle Randalu,  Dmitri Sitkovetsky
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    Vasks: Chamber Music / Parnassus Trio
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 3031513 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Yamei Yu,  Chia Chou,  Michael Gross,  Avri Levitan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
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    Vasks: Chamber Music / Parnassus Trio
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm) Gold   Catalog: 9031513 Release Date: 08/05/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Yamei Yu,  Chia Chou,  Michael Gross,  Avri Levitan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Parnassus Trio
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    Vasks: Pater Noster, Missa, Etc / Klava, Et Al
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1106 Release Date: 09/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Conductor:  Sigvards Klava
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Riga Sinfonietta,  Latvian Radio Choir
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  • 21.
    Bronner, A. Tchaikovsky, Vasks / Ambartsumian, Et Al
    Label: Phoenix Usa   Catalog: 159 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mikhail Bronner,  Alexander Tchaikovsky,  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Levon Ambartsumian,  Gennadji Freidin
    Conductor:  Levon Ambartsumian,  Pavel Sorokin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Arco Chamber Orchestra,  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra
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    WASBE 2007 Killarney, Ireland / Royal Symphonic Band Vooruit, Harelbeke, Belgium
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 7222 Release Date: 01/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roland Coryn,  Peteris Vasks,  Godefroid Devreese,  Jacob De Haan
    Performer:  Marc Vertessen,  Dimitri Mestdag
    Conductor:  Geert Verschaeve
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Symphonic Band Vooruit
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    Baltic Bass / Bjorn Malmquist
    Label: Nosag Records   Catalog: 113 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Teppo Hauta-Aho,  Hans Werner Henze,  Hans Eklund,  Mogens Christensen  ... 
    Performer:  Bjorn Malmquist
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    Vasks: Symphony No 3, Cello Concerto / Storgards
    Label: Ondine   Catalog: 1086 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peteris Vasks
    Performer:  Marko Ylönen
    Conductor:  John Storgårds
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Seventh Sense - Takemitsu, Brouwer, Et Al / Eskelinen, Et Al
    Label: Alba   Catalog: 213 Release Date: 09/05/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Peteris Vasks,  Luca Francesconi,  Minoru Miki  ... 
    Performer:  Ismo Eskelinen
    Conductor:  Juha Kangas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
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